File this one under: “Thanks, Google.”
Yes, thanks to the capabilities of this well-known search engine, I was able to pinpoint the reason which New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo might be so interested in helping the Amazon Defense Coalition in its lawsuit against Chevron Corporation.
On June 2, I published a post in which I explained how I was putting the state of New York’s Freedom of Information Law to the test in an attempt to find out whether New York Attorney Andrew Cuomo (right) had less-than-pure motives when he penned an inflammatory and provocative letter (pdf) to Chevron Corporation’s David J. O’Reilly.
In his letter, Cuomo basically pronounced the chairman and chief executive officer of the nation’s second-largest oil company “guilty” for his part in contesting a $27 billion class-action lawsuit filed against his company some 16 years by the Amazon Defense Coalition.
On June 5, I reported that I had received a reply to my FOIL request. You can guess what the reply was by looking at the headline under which I explained the reply: “NY AG Cuomo Tries to ‘FOIL’ Blogger’s Efforts.”
Still not satisfied, I submitted another FOIL request the following day and received an answer virtually identical to the one I had received before (See my June 13 post, “Is Andrew Cuomo Liar, Incompetent or Both?” for details.)
Today, however, a little bird whispered in my ear, advising me to run a Google Search for the terms, “Karen Hinton” and “Andrew Cuomo”. When I did, I found out that Hinton, the ADC’s hired-gun PR hack, had worked as Cuomo’s director of public affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development while Cuomo was serving as HUD secretary under President Bill Clinton. A May 17, 1999, article at The Weekly Standard — page 2, specifically — corroborates this tidbit of information.
In the aforementioned June 13 post, I wrote, “I, for one, don’t believe a power-hungry liberal Democrat like Cuomo would write a letter to O’Reilly without first having had some kind of contact with representatives of ADC…” and concluded that statement by listing the names of a Philadelphia law firm (Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C.) and the ADC’s lead attorney (Steven R. Donziger). In reality, I probably should have filed a FOIL request to see what kind of contact Cuomo has had with his former mouthpiece, Hinton. Now, maybe I will.
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See also: To learn more about the ADC’s spurious lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador, read these BMW posts.